Synopsis from Goodreads
His life is chaos and confusion. It’s a storm of uncertainty and raging emotion.
Sutton Warner is a mess. Everything in his life feels like it’s unraveling.
He’s let a lot of people down lately, including his daughter. Sutton always promised his little girl he would never disappoint her and that he would always be there when she needed him. Until he wasn’t.
The truth is, he’s used to disappointing the women in his life. First was his mother who couldn’t find a reason to stick around when he was growing up. Then there’s his ex. The woman who takes unbridled delight in making his life incredibly complicated.
Luckily, his daughter is still young enough to believe her old man is some kind of hero. But, he knows the day is coming when she realizes the truth, that he’s just a man with some serious flaws and a list of ever-growing weaknesses.
Finally, there’s the woman he’s desperately trying to forget with every shot tossed back and each pill popped.
He more than disappointed Emrys…he almost got her killed.
Her love is steady and sure. It’s a shelter shaped by conviction and silent assurance.
Emrys Santos is lost. Everything in her life feels pointless and futile.
She’s been busy running away from her feelings and all the people who love her the most—including her best friend, the one person who knows exactly what she’s been through. They promised to always stick together and to lean on one another. It was a promise Em had to break so she could lick her wounds and figure out her next move. For once, there is no easy way out of the tangled web of emotions she’s caught up in, and right now, she recognizes that all roads lead back to Wyoming…and back to Sutton.
The man she nearly got killed.
Shelter begins by divulging the events Emrys and Sutton endured during Retreat. These events played on their worst fears and insecurities leaving behind deep emotional and psychological scars to accompany the physical ones.
Both Emrys and Sutton hold themselves accountable for the way in which the events transpired, shouldering an inhumane amount of guilt. However, the way in which they process their emotions couldn’t be more different. While Emrys has gained insight into her emotional well being, Sutton has done everything in his power to avoid dealing with the PTSD as a result of the trauma.
Bad luck seems to stalk Sutton, making his situation that much worse. Never having fully felt as if he had found his place in the world, Sutton is floundering in his pit of despair.
There is a deep connection between Emrys and Sutton that was in place prior to their ordeal and only strengthened by their shared experience. For me, I like to think of it as one soul recognizing its perfect match ♥ All aspects of Emrys and Sutton’s identities meld beautifully with each other, allowing them the opportunity to understand themselves better along the way.
Shelter is high tension all of the way through, literally nail-biting stuff with an unusual twist to the tale. Although I will be honest and say I had an inkling as to the motivation behind the events *pats self on back*
I loved the way Shelter portrayed the feeling of calm and safety not necessarily where you expect to find it but where you instinctively know when someone can help you find it. Life and love are messy with just as many lows as there are highs, finding the person who will be your safe place in both is the ultimate shelter for your heart.